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The annual “Back to School Tax Free Holiday” is approaching this week beginning at 12:01 A.M. on Friday August 5th through Sunday, August 7th at midnight. During this time, the law provides a deduction from gross receipts for retail sales of qualifying tangible personal property allowing retailers to sell items tax free. According to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, the Gross Receipts Tax Holiday, the items affected are divided into categories with some set at a dollar maximum. “To qualify for the deduction, clothing or shoes must be priced at less than $100 per unit. The price limit for desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook computers is $1,000, and for related computer hardware it is $500. School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit. There are items specifically excluded by statute in all categories. Those items are always taxable.”

The Luna County Planning Department has announced that they are now accepting credit card payments. Phone payments will also be accepted, and the department is currently working on enabling the availability of online payments beginning this Friday, August 5th. Regarding payments made by credit card, there is a 2.50% or $2.00 service fee, whichever is greater. Customers are urged to call the Planning Department at 575-543-6620 if they have any questions.

The U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest reports that Silver City Ranger District employees had a workday in the Fierro area off Forest Road 778 and picked up 869 pounds of trash. The garbage included household appliances, shooting targets and debris, household trash, and food. The Gila National Forest urges visitors to “Leave No Trace”, a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation and conscious decisions to lessen our impact on nature. Learn more at

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